By CALVIN WOODWARD
WASHINGTON (AP) — The suspense hung over the public square for hours. Were Japanese regulatory authorities really dropping bowling balls on American cars as part of a dark plot to keep the autos out of the Japanese market?
No, the White House acknowledged. That story was just President Donald Trump being Trump.
This past week, he shed new light on what it means when he is just being himself. At the same event where he spun the bowling ball tale, he told a different story. It was about how he engaged Canada's prime minister in a discussion about trade and, finding himself short on information, made some up. It was a rare acknowledgment that he'll wing it on facts.
A look at a variety of his recent statements and their veracity:
TRUMP, on how Japanese authorities stopped a U.S. car from being approved for sale in their country: "They were ready to approve it and they said, 'No, no, we have to do one more test.' It's called the bowling ball test. Do you know what that is? That's where they take a bowling ball from 20 feet up in the air and they drop it on the hood of the car. And if the hood dents, then the car doesn't qualify. Well, guess what? The roof dented a little bit, and they said, 'Nope, this car doesn't qualify.' It's horrible, the way we're treated." — remarks to closed Missouri fundraiser Wednesday, leaked to The Washington Post and other organizations.
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